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Sribes as Authors in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Video Recording

Recording of talk by Dr. Molly Zahn via Zoom on Monday, November 9th.

One of the most basic beliefs about scripture in both Judaism and Christianity is that it is fixed. It can be (often must be) interpreted, but it cannot actually be changed. Dr. Zahn’s research focuses on a period in Jewish history when the books of the Bible (and other texts) were viewed as sacred and authoritative, but could still be changed. In this talk she will show how early Jewish scribes not only transmitted but transformed and therefore created scripture as we know it, and discuss the implications for our understanding of the Bible and of scripture as a cross-cultural concept.


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